Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It's Christmas eve and my sewing is not done. I have decided that I will get it done when I can, give people cards in the meantime, and support the USPS by mailing their gifts after the holiday rush.. I am not super woman, and why did I decide to try new patterns on a limited time schedule? I don't know.
I have decided that the gifts are not what Christmas is all about, so I won't stress over them. It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord. It is a time to enjoy family and friends. I want to relax and contemplate Christ's birth. I want to think about the year, there is a lot to process from the past one, and a lot to hope for in the next. I spent all day yesterday with some dear girl friends. It was the highlight of my holiday so far. It reminded me that I would rather have the gift of time with friends and family than a material gift. We could have eaten hot dogs and played cards all day and I wouldn't have cared, as long as I was with my beloved friends. Today the family time starts. I am praying the same for family time.
My Christmas wish for you? That you will enjoy the magic of the holiday through the birth of our Savior, the warm love of family and friends, and the peace that comes from God above. Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sleep is a good thing. I think Dave and I have slept about 24 hours in the last 3 days. I guess that we were deprived. Yay for Christmas break!!!
We got our tree up, thanks to Robyn for dropping one off. It is perfect! I will take some pics after the decorations get on. Lleulu has already watered the tree skirt by sticking the whole thing in the base and bit off a branch. Silly kitty!
Today I need to sew sew sew! I am behind and have to get some gifts done. I love sewing, but a friend pointed out it is committing the time that is hard, not the act of sewing. So, today I will commit. I have kitty cat dresses to sew and 3 purses. I will post pics when they are done. Into the depths of the sewing room I go! Hopefully I will emerge before Christmas!
Monday, December 15, 2008
It is the Christmas break countdown anyway. Four and a half days until Christmas break. Woohoo!!! Wow, the time has flown by and I don't have Christmas presents made. Jams and jellies might have to do.
I did go to the the doctor and I have a virus. Yuck. I left the house once in three days this weekend. I stayed home from work on Friday. All I did was watch movies and do laundry. I am still a bit stuffy and sore, just my ribcage though. Very annoying.
Randomness for today, do any of you have wish lists on Amazon.com? I am a bit obsessed with mine. Now I know that I won't ever get everything on this list, but it is a good idea of some things that I want, mostly "guilty pleasures"; movies, books, tv shows, a kitchen tool or two. I wonder what you have on your lists. How can I find your list? Mine is listed by my email address. Ask if you want to know mine.
Oh, and Mom is doing great. She is going to have to learn to pace herself and not overdo it, but she has come leaps and bounds the past few days. Of course I stayed away so I wouldn't get her sick.
Back to the land of math I go. I hope to hear about your wish lists!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I've taken mom to the doctor the past 2 afternoons. Everyone agrees that she is doing great. She got her staples out and has been told no work for a while, not even housework, dishes or laundry. Is that doctor's orders to get a maid?
I am worn out. The past month has caught up with me. I got sick last night. Sneezing, coughing, blew my nose a hundred times. I also feel like I got sucker punched in the gut. Ugh. I guess I finally got worn down. I am going to call the doctor and see if there is anything I can take so that the snot will stop while I sleep. I hardly slept last night, but had to work today. There is testing going on and secret santa. How could I miss that? Not to mention that I just took 2 half days to take my mom to the doctor.
Keep praying. Mom still has a long road ahead. She has a hard time "doing nothing". We are going to have to find ways to entertain her.
And I need rest too. Too much to do. Hopefully this will pass quickly. I want to spend this rainy day in bed. Maybe tonight.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I am reminded today how thankful I am. I am thankful that my mom is alive. It is becoming more apparent how blessed we are to have her with us. One of her docs informed her that he hadn't had that surgery in 28 years! Mom gets her staples out tomorrow. I am so happy for her.
I am thankful for old friends. Dave and I both have ran into old friends this month that we hadn't seen or heard from in ages. It has been a blessing and encouragement to know that people from our pasts are doing well.
I am thankful that we can pay our bills. Sure, we have debt, but our bills are paid on time and I don't worry about having food to eat. Thank you Jesus!
I am thankful that we are able to sponsor a child in Africa. We received a letter from him today and it blessed my socks off! I can't wait to write him back and encourage him in his studies and his walk with God.
I am thankful for the Holy Bible. Scriptures bring me joy, peace, and understanding.
I am thankful for old hyms. One came on the radio and I teared up right away. It was my Papa's favorite, and Dave's grandfather's. "And He walks with me and He talks with me and tells me I am his own..."
I am thankful for you! Thanks for reading my blog and being a part of my life.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Who's the cutest kitty in the whole wide world? Lleulu. She has been bad lately, but here she is all cute and cuddly.
And a little bit.
It is the small things in life that bring us cheer. The surprises in life that bring us smiles. For me, it doesn't take much. I went to the mailbox today and found this little gem. It was laying on top of a letter. So cute! I love it. It is a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, boards, blanket skirt, leaning over and all. I love Charlie Brown Christmas! Love love love. Who left this? I am not sure, but I do know that it was someone who knows me, was inspired by God, or both. You made my day whoever you are. Thank you for the bit of Christmas cheer and for knowing "...what Christmas is all about". Lights please.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Mom made it home Wednesday! She called me from the car saying, "I'm Free! I'm Free!" She is so glad to be home. She slept wonderfully. She still doesn't have a good sense of taste back. She has 35 staples. Getting up and down is difficult. She is tired, but happy. She and Dad are settling back in. Hopefully things will start to taste good again and taking the stairs will get easier.
I cooked the last two nights. It feels good. I love to cook. We'll still take a meal here and there as mom's kitchen is still in a state of incompletion. But overall we are in good shape. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. We still need them.
Yesterday was Dave's birthday. Happy Birthday Baby! I love you!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Yesterday we were told that Mom might get to go home on Friday. Well, looks like it might be today! It might be a bit of a whirlwind, but the doctors are conferring and she might be home today. That means we have some stuff to do. A bit more cleaning, a bit of shopping, a bit of organizing. All in all not too bad. I am just thrown for a loop. It will be nice to go to Mom and Dad's instead of the hospital. That is for sure. I will keep you posted and let you know if she does make it home today.
Until then, keep praying!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I went by the hospital this afternoon. Mom is doing really well. No more catheter and she is toileting on her own. It is a big deal when you have been in bed for so long. Apparently she zooms down the hallway too. I caught her after a walk and she was tired. She is now eating soup, pudding and jell-o. Quite exciting! She is off of morphine too. It is funny that the "lighter" drugs make her more loopy.
The doctor said that she might go home as early as tomorrow. Crazy! In my opinion she needs another day and a few small things need to be addressed. We were told that her fever could be from her spleen responding to the surgery. It is having to find new pathways to receive blood and in turn part of it might be dying. that is to be expected. Who knew that the spleen can affect your temperature? Today she didn't have one though. Yay! She also has a touch of pneumonia, but it is being treated. Hopefully she will rest well and recover well at home. I will let you know when she is heading home!
Major improvements yesterday!!! I spent the day at home catching up on things, but got regular updates from the family. Mom got her tube out. Yay! She is still on small amounts of liquids, but she got ginger ale! Very exciting. Things are starting to move. If all goes well, she will get to go home Wednesday. She is still battling a fever every afternoon. The doctors are trying to figure that one out. Is is just her body's healing process, or an infection? Time will tell.
She is walking a few times a day and sitting in a chair as well. It has been a long while, but finally we have tangible changes! Thanks for praying. Keep praying. There is still a long way to go. I am going to the hospital after work. Hopefully she will be eating broth and italian ice!
I will keep you posted.